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Healthcare spending growth rate rises again in 2015

Healthcare spending growth rate rises again in 2015

By Bob Herman  |  July 13, 2016

Government agencies, companies and consumers spent 5.5% more on healthcare in 2015 than the prior year. It's another result of the U.S. reducing its uninsured rate to historic lows through healthcare reform, which has spurred demand for more hospital services, clinic visits and prescription drugs.

Slavitt suggests MACRA could be delayed

Slavitt suggests MACRA could be delayed

By Shannon Muchmore  |  July 13, 2016

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, responding to concerns from the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, said alternative start dates for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act are an option to ensure small and rural providers are adequately prepared.

Obama calls for revisiting the public option

Obama calls for revisiting the public option

By Associated Press  |  July 12, 2016

President Barack Obama is laying out a blueprint for addressing unsolved problems with his signature health law, including a renewed call for a "public option" to let Americans buy insurance from the government.

CMS proposes Medicare pay for hep B screenings

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 07, 2016

The CMS is proposing to cover hepatitis B virus screening for Medicare beneficiaries following a recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

CMS proposes expanding diabetes-prevention model

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 07, 2016

In addition to a slew of changes to Medicare's physician payment policies, the CMS on Thursday proposed expanding a program aimed at helping people avoid diabetes.

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